Before I go any further, I want to clarify where I stand on the judicial system. I’ve had many a friend tell me that I make the infamous hanging Judge Roy Bean look like a social do-gooder. I’m a firm advocate of making prisons a place of punishment and a place to be avoided. I’m also a firm believer in the death penalty. As a matter of fact, I believe in public executions such as old fashioned hangings. The image of watching a person jerk and shake at the end of a rope can make an indelible impression on young minds and help persuade them to avoid a life a crime.
One of my biggest pet peeves with the judicial system is how many times they keep releasing the criminals back into society, time and time again. How many times have you heard about someone committing a crime while out on probation or parole? About a year ago I was watching the local news and heard about a man who hit another car and killed a mother and young child. The guy was drunk and they said that he had twenty-nine prior DUI convictions and was driving on a suspended license. My question is why was he not in prison after so many DUI convictions?
My take on DUI convictions is that first offense should be a year in prison, no probation or parole. A second offense results in ten years of prison and a third offense would be life without probation or parole. If you think that’s too strict, I challenge you to look up the number of people injured and killed every year by drunk drivers. People don’t care because the penalty isn’t enough to make them think twice before drinking. Frankly, I believe that if someone drinks enough to get drunk knowing that they will be driving afterward that it is premeditated. If they injure someone, it’s premeditated assault. If they kill someone in an accident, that it should be premeditated murder, same as first degree murder and subject to the death penalty. After all, they knew beforehand that they were going to be driving drunk and thus should be held accountable for their actions.
Saying all that, I just read about Shermaine Miles from the Chicago area. She is 52 years old and has been arrested 396 times for various crimes. She was recently released from Logan Correctional Center and allowed to return to her habitual criminal lifestyle. Miles claimed she was going to stop drinking for good and was going to stay away from her drinking buddies.
News of her release did not set well with many of the businesses in her community as they knew her all too well. However, last week, Miles was arrested for stealing a man’s keys and then getting into a physical altercation with a man she was with.
In August of 2012, Alderman James Cappleman became one of Miles’ victims. When he heard about her release and recent arrest, all he could say was:
I’m sorry folks, but what is this lady doing out of prison period? After 396 arrests, don’t you think the courts would realize she is a hardened and habitual criminal? It’s obvious that she is not about to be rehabilitated. Every time they release her, they are endangering everyone in the area. They have to know that someone is bound to be her next victim.
Shermaine Miles, for the safety of the public, should be locked up and the key thrown away. When will our judicial system wake up and do what they’re supposed to do?